Archaeology, the life!

Posted on September 11, 2011

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So my posts have been a bit sparse of late but that is because I have been out in the field🙂 I still have some more digs before the summer is over but here is what I have been up to in the last few weeks:

Newhailes– Nice 18th century estate with pool/pond, shell house, and water fall cascade. You can see the shell house here-

Newhailes shell house

Newhailes shell house

The cascade is what we excavated, which was pretty cool.

Newhailes cascade in front of shell house

Newhailes cascade in front of shell house

The cascade went through two phases of construction. One, was a nice clean cut sand stone and the other was when they made the cascade match the re-dun shell house by putting on all sorts of fake lava and coral, you can see some of it in the middle cascade side. The thought is that the shell house was suppose to be a volcano (we found smoke stacks in the back) and laid out was shells leading down to fake coral. MY personal taste is for the original cascade (which was huge, that pic is only one side) but that was a different time.

Aimsfield– Largest walled garden in Scotland, built in 1783, and we dug the glass house. It was actually a really interesting and surprising dig. Two different heating systems were discovered covering the progression of technology in the 1800s. Lots of other goodies and pretty intact structures. I call it instant gratification archaeology because you find such intact walls and don’t have to squint to see if a stain on the ground is man made or natural. Any archaeologists worth his salt has at one point dug a burnt tree thinking it was a fire pit feature but no worries with this sort of archaeology. Hope to have more photos but here is the digging crew:

aimsfield archaeology crew

aimsfield archaeology crew

Photos from David and Stuart’s facebook albums because I didn’t bring a camera

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